Mechanical Engineering courses provides the opportunity to specialise in the Engineering, Development and Optimisation of equipment for industries such as the Extreme Sports Industry.
Advances in equipment, materials and manufacturing techniques mean that sports that were seen as dangerous or ‘extreme’ until relatively recently are now becoming more main stream. This industry has significant opportunities for graduates with in depth knowledge of the science and manufacturing behind these sports.
Swansea is ideally suited to provide engineers to this industry as water sports manufacturers tend to locate themselves close to the coast as demonstrated by the location of many manufactures in the local vicinity due to ease of testing and the desire of people to be close to the coast so that they can participate in this industry.
Swansea has access to the following:
You can participate in your passion whilst you study and can test the products that you design and build locally.
The Mechanical Engineering course give you the opportunity to apply traditional engineering topics such as materials, manufacturing, stress analysis and fluid flow are brought into the 21st century and applied to the extreme sports industry.
UWTSD has significant expertise with respect to mechanical engineering topics, this application simply applies this expertise to this industry in areas such as the following;
In addition, further expertise from elsewhere in the faculty can be drawn upon in the following areas;
The extreme sports industry is a significant and growing employer. In 2005 sport-related employment was estimated at 434,000, accounting for 1.8% of all employment in England and grew 19% over the previous five years (Sheffield Hallam University, 2007).
This industry consists of retail, provision and marketing. It contains a sophisticated manufacturing element (Rotherham, Egan, & Egan, 2005).
Sport-related manufacturing increased in England by 24% over 2005-2008 and in 2008 employed 11,500 people (Sport industry research centre, August 2010).
In 2005 the UK exported £7.6m-worth of watersports equipment (Manley, June 2007). The UK surf industry reported sales of £200 million in 2007, with the manufacturing element of the surfing element in Cornwall estimated at £62 million/year (The independent, 2004).
Manufacturers can no longer compete with low-cost producers, hence the bias in exports is towards well-engineered products (Manley, June 2007).
The use of materials such as composites continue to grow in the leisure industry and are regularly used for the manufacture of surfboards, wakeboards and skateboards etc.
Opportunities for growth were identified in leisure goods such as snowboards by the department of trade and industry (Department of trade and industry, 2001). This led to significant growth of composite manufacturers that specialise in these areas.
The UK had 430 producers of sports equipment in 2006. The majority of these producers were small with an average turnover of £544,000..
Only 25 of the manufacturers achieving £5m or more in annual sales (Manley, June 2007). Of these producers, 260 had fewer than five employees, with many of these expected to be sole traders.
As such, whilst some students on this course will find employment with relatively large manufactures, many of them will be expected to start their own business and will be given the skills to do so in modules such as entrepreneurship.
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